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The Rote - February 3, 2022
Via Zoom

Scribe: Linda Singer


President Noreen Timoney called the meeting to order on Zoom. Marcia Brod led us in pledging allegiance to the flag.

Jay Almeida gave an invocation.


This Day in History



Rotary Club of Miami February Anniversaries:

Karla Acosta

Carlos Bonadies

Amelia Bonilla

Cathy Cahill

Angela Deggs

Michelle Horvath

Tina Moore

Scott Richey

Robin Shelley





Due to the number of club events this week, there will be no meeting on Thursday, February 10. Please join us next week on February 17th, 2022. 


Friday, February 11th - FIU TBM pinning ceremony at the campus on SW 8th St. from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. If you would like to attend, please notify Diane Landsberg. Westbound traffic can be quite heavy, so please make sure to take that into account in leaving early enough to arrive on time.


Saturday, February 12th - Green buttonwood tree planting in Bill Baggs Park on Key Biscayne starting at 9 a.m. This will be the same area that we planted trees last year. This is a good outing for the whole family. You can donate to the purchase of trees and have them dedicated to loved ones with a printed biodegradable tag. Please let Robert Bull know if you can attend and how many will be in your party. Contact Robert Bull to volunteer or for answers to any questions you might have.

Monday, February 14th at 6:00 p.m. Valentine’s Day party at Diane Landsberg’s house. Please note that this event, like all other in person events, adheres to COVID protocols. We can nearly guarantee that you will have a good time. Contact Diane Landsberg to provide RSVP or REGRETS.


Friday, February 25th at 7:00 p.m. The Rotary Club of Key Biscayne has invited us to join them at the Key Biscayne Beach Club for a fundraiser.


The first 3 Saturdays in March – Save the dates to interview applicants for medical student scholarships from the TBM Trust. Absolutely no experience is necessary. You will learn how to do this, sit on a panel of interviewers, and get the opportunity to meet amazing people who have accomplished much in their young lives. More information will follow.



Steve Dutton introduced Today’s Speaker

Johann Zietsman has been serving as the CEO and President of the Adrienne Arsht Center (Arsht) since 2018. The Arsht opened in 2006 and has two boards: the trust which governs it and the foundation which fundraises for it.


During COVID their revenue dropped nearly $16 million. The Arsht has its own medical doctor and the CDC, both of which have helped the Arsht in creating a safe environment and safe protocols during the pandemic. The protocols have been put to the test and due to adherence to them, no one has reported to the Arsht catching COVID after visiting the Arsht. The Arsht additionally wanted to ensure that performing artists were supported during the pandemic. It helped 840 local artists and 300 non-local artists. It used 100 teaching artists to teach students in Miami-Dade.  66 new works were performed. During COVID, the Arsht also had many popup performances throughout our county.


This year the Arsht is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary, which it names the Quinceanera. People celebrating their personal Quinceaneras can come to the Arsht to take pictures in their beautiful gowns. $15 Quinceanera priced tickets are also available for select performances.


School children in Miami-Dade come to see a production at the Arsht each year. A new grade 9 program will be offered to help mental wellness in this challenging time by a new production brought to various schools in the County. The Arsht works with Miami-Dade students and the community as a whole in bringing culture in all of its forms to the people.


Steve Dutton appreciated today’s meeting and our speaker; Robin Shelley reported that the Rotary International board just decided that the Rotary International Convention will be held in person from June 4 to June 8 in Houston, Texas. If you have trouble registering for the event, contact him for help; President Noreen Timoney contributed happy dollars for today’s speaker and the wonderful community service work provided through the Arsht Programming initiatives; Linda Singer was happy that our ailing club president is on the mend and appreciated the value that the Arsht Center provides to the community. She shared that when the Arsht was being built, the Rotary Club of Miami bought a brick on one of the walkways surrounding the center; Arlene Terrinoni shared that she has been a volunteer usher at the Arsht Center for 14 years and loves the Arsht. She was happy for today’s speaker.



Today’s inspiration was provided by ‘PASS IT ON” – Kindness is in You.


4-Way Test

Steve Dutton led the club in the 4-Way Test.